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Online Students: Drew Belt

I did Drew’s swing analysis right after doing a “Pro Tip of the Week” regarding soft arms at address. Drew has the classic look of someone who has tried to emulate the picture in Hogan’s Five Lessons where he says that the arms and elbows should be as close to the body as possible all during the swing. Of course, Hogan never did this in real life, and this one instruction has caused as much damage to average players as any one you could think of.

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Pro Tip of the Week: Hogan’s Home Plate

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: Hogan’s Home Plate.   Excellent site, glad I joined. Enjoying the golf analysis of the great players and feel I’m learning quite a bit. Happy golfing Paul D Be glad you joined too, become a Premium member today! Click here to join now!   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Playing for Money: Kevin Streelman Part 2

After the big win Kevin has not played all that great, missing the cut at the John Deere by 2, making the cut at the British but finishing 5 over his last 7 holes to finish around 50th, finishing almost DFL at Firestone, then getting off to a good start with a 69 at the PGA before dropping to a 76 and missing the cut by 2. The idea of bring the backswing more out in front has proven difficult as Kevin has always pulled his arms inward into a deep position at left arm parallel. Our goal has been to get rid of some of the shaft shift in transition and make it easier to bring the hands out […]

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Live Observations: the 2014 PGA Championship

I gave my few lessons at the club and headed home on this Sunday in August to watch the final round of the PGA Championship. I was at Valhalla on Monday and Tuesday with Kevin Streelman, who missed the cut by 2 shooting 69-76. Kevin won the week after we started working together, but has not continued that success with any top finishes. We are still working on the same stuff, and there are some things that are proving to be fairly stubborn. Anyway, I’m home now and there was a delay in the starting times due to rain so I am here for the full 18 holes. McIlroy just teed off a bit ago, so we will pick up […]

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Online Students: Grady Dickens

Here is a swing that I’m guessing is modeled after Ben Hogan’s, with maybe influence also from Mac O’Grady. My suggestions start with the posture, and when I compare it to Hogan’s it is easy to see that Grady is way more hunched over with his weight more toward his heels than the balls of his feet. This has a deleterious effect on his downswing especially, as his legs stay under him and work even more under and to the right, causing his head to back up a considerable amount. I would like Grady to stand up and point the butt of the club at his belt buckle while getting onto the balls of his feet. From there he would […]

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Online Students: Connor Kumpula

Wayne, “Here are videos of my son Conner Kumpula. He is playing collegiate golf at Oregon State University. We have worked together on his swing. He is historically a player that hit golf shots with lots of shape. He would change swing planes and use his hands to accomplish this. He has won at every level without working that hard at it. Now that he is at college the course set ups do not allow for a shot to be that far off line. He is working harder now to incorporate good fundamentals into his swing to try and get his misses to stay in play. The consistency is still not there and I think with the educated eye that […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Athletic Sequencing in the Golf Swing

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: Athletic Sequencing in the Golf Swing.   Excellent site, glad I joined. Enjoying the golf analysis of the great players and feel I’m learning quite a bit. Happy golfing Paul D Be glad you joined too, become a Premium member today! Click here to join now!   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 3

This is another in the fascinating series of lessons with Hall of Famer Tom Kite. He sent these swings in from the range after the first round of the 3M Championship in Minnesota, along with another fabulous look at his swing from 1992. The two things I picked out this time are the angle of the shaft at left arm parallel in the backswing, and the aggressive thrust and rotation of the hips through impact. Tom’s club is now flatter at left arm parallel than in ’92, and my thought is that the pattern of moving the shaft from flat approaching the top to steep immediately in transition is being caused by the fact that since the shaft is laid […]

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Liar Liar (A Golf Instructors Nightmare)

On any given day, during any given lesson, a golf instructor is consistently forced to play with, bend, tweak, and generally ignore the truth. His or her main concern, after of course giving the student the benefit of his experience and knowledge about the swing and the game, is to offer support, reassurance, solace, and comfort to the weary, beaten-down student, for the simple reason that a teacher can’t help a student unless the student continues to take lessons. If the student gives up and never returns, the teacher can be of no further help and, regardless of whose fault it is, has basically failed. And if the teacher wants to make a living, he needs to have people wanting […]

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Swing Analysis: Rickie Fowler Modifies his Changes

It is great to have the opportunity to study how Rickie Fowler is going about changing his swing with the idea in mind to become one of the top players on Tour. While he has had great results in the majors so far this year (a 5th and two 2nds) the changes he has made have not improved his ball striking statistics, and he appears to be in a Jason Day type mode with high finishes in big events but few wins otherwise. He can putt the eyes out of it, however, and raising the level of his ball-striking is how he is going to make the jump to consistent winner. It’s pretty cool to see the significant changes he […]

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